Stephanie Rosa

AGE: 25

LOCATION: New Jersey

It is an honor to introduce you to model, and Sanctuaire muse, Stephanie Rosa. In this interview Stephanie shares how she decompresses from stress and takes care of herself while working in such a highly demanding and competitive industry. Stephanie gives insight on how to break into modeling with her new book, The Modeling Guide For Every Body.

S:

When did you begin your modeling career?

SR:

I officially started my career at 18 when I was able to work on my own but I started at 3 yrs old. My mom had a hard time breaking into the industry because there were a lot of prejudices in the industry just like today. 

S:

Did you aspire to be a model as a child?

SR:

I always wanted to be a model at a young age. I knew what I wanted to do. My parents tried the best they could to get me into modeling but it was very expensive and not easy. 

S:

Was there anyone that discouraged you from becoming a model?

SR:

No one discouraged me from becoming a model but some members of my family discouraged me from being an actress. They would say “acting is for white people.” I know it’s not true but at a young age all I really saw was Caucasian actors and actresses so as an adult I understand their perspective. 

S:

Were there any models that have inspired your journey in the industry?

SR:

Tyra banks has always inspired me, Twiggy, Adriana Lima and many others. Models who do something with their platform inspire me. 

S:

Have you always had a positive body image ?

SR:

Definitely not. Especially in this industry. It’s always been you're too skinny or you're too big or you're not big enough. I had to learn to love myself and not ask for permission on how to be. It’s still hard sometimes because I still find myself getting trapped in old thinking patterns. Some days I feel great some days I don’t. 

S:

Did you ever have any insecurities?

SR:

Yes, when I was younger I thought I was the ugliest girl in the world. I hated my big ears because I was always teased for them.

S:

What are some of the things that you have done during your modeling career to maintain a healthy self-image?

SR:

I recognize when I feel sad or upset. When I feel this way, I always try to identify why. Normally, the case is that I don’t feel like I am enough. Then, I start to write down affirmations and all the things I’m grateful for. I consider it self-healing when you just lay down and think about all the positive things about yourself. This industry can really beat up your self-image. Constantly dreaming of a job and then… the next week finding out you didn’t get it, can make you feel like you're not enough. So to make sure my career has longevity, I need to maintain a healthy [self] image and high self-esteem. 

S:

You recently authored a new book, congratulations!  Please tell our readers about the book.

SR:

I wrote a book titled The Modeling Guide for Every Body as an empowerment tool for aspiring models who want to break into the industry. 

S:

What audience did you have in mind when you wrote the book?

SR:

My book audience is for anyone age of 13 to 50. But I made the book very easy to read for that reason. 

S:

What are a few things that an aspiring model should keep in mind before entering the industry?

SR:

Aspiring models should know what [opportunities] are scams and what opportunities are legit. When you are a model you are always looking for opportunities to work and people will take advantage of that. That’s why I wrote my book because I’ve seen and been through a lot to become a model. 
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When you are a model you are always looking for opportunities to work and people will take advantage of that. That’s why I wrote my book because I’ve seen and been through a lot to become a model. 
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S:

Do you feel that the industry is now open to embrace models of all sizes?

SR:

Yes of course it’s changed and the industry is normalizing all shapes and sizes. The consumers are what brought about this change. People have stopped living up to beauty standards they cannot maintain. It’s not realistic. 

S:

You have had many accomplishments as a model.  What is something that you still aspire to do?

SR:

I would love to host a tv show and even do a motivational speech at a seminar of some kind one day. 

S:

As a mom of a young daughter, do you discuss body image with her yet?

SR:

My daughter is 5 and we do discuss body image when it comes up. I always tell her “no matter what size you are, you are beautiful.” We had to talk about it because she’s only 5 but she’s absorbing the world as she sees it and I definitely had to talk to her about it. As a mom, I didn’t expect to have to talk to her about these things at such a young age but I did and she’s very observant and smart. She understood. And I’m happy that even though she’s so young, I can be her influencer and her role model. 

S:

If she decides that she wants to be a model like her mom would you encourage it?

SR:

I’ll encourage any career choice as long as it makes her happy. If she wants to be a model, I’ll do all that I can to protect her and teach her how. 

S:

Have you started teaching her about self-care yet?

SR:

Yes I’ve been teaching her about self-care from an early age. She is also learning self-care just by watching me. I think it’s important to teach children about self-care because I want her to be an independent, self-sufficient adult later on in life. Simple things like wake up brush your teeth, take a bath, put on your clothes are examples of self-care. My favorite is when she randomly pretends to do a facial in the bathroom sink. 

S:

Are there any self-care activities that you all do together?

SR:

We take baths together and she washes my hair because she wants to play “salon” and I wash hers. She has very thick curly hair so we always talk about it and how to take care for it. 

S:

Do you have a self-care rituals?

SR:

Every morning I drink water so I stay hydrated because after 8hrs of sleep, the body can become dehydrated. 

S:

At what age did you establish the routine or some of the self-care practices?

SR:

I’d say I developed these routines at 20 years old. 

S:

Either in your home or elsewhere, where is your Sanctuaire (sanctuary) for peace and well-being?

SR:

My bathtub is my place where I feel peace. I also love to be outdoors smelling the fresh air. 

S:

If you are having a stressful day, how do you restore your peace?

SR:

After a stressful day, I normally take a bath and lay in the hot water. If it’s stressful on my mental, I normally write about it in my journal, walk outside, look at the view or I take a nap. 

S:

What are you reading right now?

SR:

I am reading, Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert t. Koysaki 

S:

Is there any advice that you have been given by an elder that you found to be true?

SR:

My mother once told me if someone loves you they will show you, you never need to chase someone because you are the catch. 

S:

Do you workout?

SR:

I love to dance and walk. I’ll do some light weight lifting time after time but it’s not my daily thing. 

S:

When no one is watching, what is your favorite song to dance to?

SR:

I have so many songs I dance to. I dance to literally everything. 

S:

How have you been feeling during this time?

SR:

During the covid-19, I’ve been feeling uncertain. Hoping that the numbers drop and I can get back to work.

S:

Where have you been quarantining?

SR:

I’ve been quarantined at home with my fiancé and daughter. 

S:

Is there anything that you have been doing during this time that would be considered self-improvement?

SR:

I’ve been studying Spanish and studying film, stories and videography just out of curiosity. 

S:

Have you learned anything about yourself during this time?

SR:

I’ve learned so much about myself. One thing I’ve learned is that if I don’t do anything I get depressed, so I have to always do something with my time. 

S:

Favorite meal to prepare during quarantine?

SR:

I like cooking breakfast and coffee in the morning always wakes me up. 

S:

Favorite movie that you have seen during this time?

SR:

I really liked Enemy by Denis Villeneuve. 

S:

What do you miss most about normal life?

SR:

I miss taking my daughter to school and going to castings, shopping at the mall and not having to wear a face mask everywhere. 

S:

When the world is completely back open, where would you like to go?

SR:

I would love to go on vacation and lay on the beach. 

S:

What are you most grateful for?

SR:

I’m grateful for my family. I think I’d be very lonely without them. Just being around them makes me happy. 

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